Print Edition - 2015-02-27 | Nation
Rs 1.5m cash to first Olympian Baidya
Feb 26, 2015-
The government has decided to honour Sangina Baidya, country’s first Olympian, with a purse of Rs 1.5 million.
A Cabinet meeting on Thursday decided to award Baidya in recognition of her contribution to the Nepali sport, said Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal. Baidya is the first Nepali taekwondo athlete to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics. One of the most decorated female sports
personalities of the country, Baidya has won several international medals for Nepal, the biggest being the 1996 Asian Taekwondo Championship gold in Australia.
She was also the quarter-finalist in the World Taekwondo Championship in 1997 in Hong Kong. Baidya won gold in the 1999 and 2004 South Asian Games held in Kathmandu and Islamabad respectively. She brought down the curtains on her glorious 20-year career in 2009.
So far, Nepal has only produced two Olympians and both were in taekwondo. The second athlete to achieve that honour is Deepak Bista.
Meanwhile, Thursday’s Cabinet meeting appointed Yam Prasad Pandey as the executive director of Nepal Agriculture Research Council and promoted some Nepal Army officials.
Published: 27-02-2015 08:40